PGC3 Pure Garcinia Cambogia

Posted 22 November 2013

These are the faces of scam artists, Jasmine Grindlay and Chris Grindlay, the owners of Slimbetti. The ASA has repeatedly ruled against the claims for their products and issued Ad Alerts, which tells magazines and newspapers to not accept their adverts: in order to protect you, the consumer. The Grindlays show no remorse – they contact magazines and convince them that the ASA has allowed them to advertise again (personal communication with Vrouekeur), and adverts are accepted until a consumer lays a complaint again, and the ASA intervene again. Read more about these individuals and their web of deceit.


Why are we telling you all this? Well to explain that these individuals, have now come up with a new scam product, called PGC3 Pure Garcinia Cambogia – and not sold via the Slimbetti website, but its own.

And as usual, the claims are simply made in order to scam you of your hard earned income, with claims such as “Pure Garcinia Cambogia is a natural solution to your weight loss problems. Pure Garcinina Cambogia is the newest, fastest, fat buster you can get your hands on. It has recently been labeled as the “Holy Grail” of weight loss because of its fat blocking and fat burning properties. You can increase your weight loss result by double or even triple what it would have been!

Further claims are:

  • Supports weight loss by inhibiting fat production
  • Increases energy by boosting up metabolism
  • Enhances mood by increasing serotonin
  • Suppresses appetite and keeps a control on daily food intake
  • Loses up to 2 kgs week without changing diet habits
  • Increases energy levels

Update: 25 November 2013

What shysters* the Grindlay’s are!
(*A shyster is a slang word for someone who acts in a disreputable, unethical, or unscrupulous way, especially in the practice of law, politics or business.)

It is evident that they read the CAMCheck posting for these claims have suddenly been altered to the following

May Support weight loss by inhibiting fat production
May Increase energy by boosting up metabolism
May Enhance mood by increasing serotonin
May Suppress appetite and keeps a control on daily food intake
May Increase energy levels

The claim “Loses up to 2 kgs week without changing diet habits” has been dropped and now suddenly, the following added: “To achieve and maintain your goal weight you must adjust your lifestyle.  A kilojoule controlled diet and healthy exercise programme are essential.”

So the Grindlays admit that they were caught out and assume that “may” is a more appropriate term. Nonsense! Either the product works or it does not. This is like claiming that sea sand “may increase energy levels” – it either does or it does not. There is NO evidence that using this product at this dose will or even “may” result in the claims being made for it. If the Grindlay’s had any decency they would not have brought this product to market, or withdrawn it when caught out.

Garcinia cambogia has been around for a long time and the evidence has never been that it works very well, if at all, and now an accumulation of studies confirms that it simply does not work very well at all. Nothing new, old news.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (NMCD) (“Unbiased, Scientific Clinical Information on Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Therapies“) has reviewed the evidence for Garcinia cambogia and concluded:  

Obesity. Taking garcinia fruit rind extract orally doesn’t seem to help decrease weight, satiety, fat oxidation, or energy expenditure in obese people (728,8572,11407). There is some mixed evidence that garcinia might reduce food intake while sustaining satiety, but it’s too early to recommend it for this use (8572). There is insufficient reliable information available about the effectiveness of garcinia for its other uses.

Reference 8572 was published in 2002. Reference 728 in 1998 and 11407 in 2001.

Reference 728 using 1,500 mg Garcinia per day (PGC3 uses 800 mg) concluded “Garcinia cambogia failed to produce significant weight loss and fat mass loss beyond that observed with placebo.”

Reference 11407 using 1,500 mg Garcinia per day (PGC3 uses 800 mg) concluded “Two-week supplementation with Garcinia extract (hydroxycitrate) and hydroxycitrate combined with medium-chain triglycerides did not result in increased satiety, fat oxidation, 24 h energy expenditure or body weight loss compared to PLA (no supplementation), in subjects losing body weight”.


What do more recent studies tell us?

A study published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition in 2012,  reviewing the evidence, concludes “Although several studies have found that the administration of G. cambogia extracts is associated with body weight and fat loss in both experimental animals and humans, we should be cautious when interpreting the results as other randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials have not reported the same outcomes“.

A study published in September 2011 in Nutrition Journal, concluded: “Ten weeks of Glycine max leaves extract  or Garcinia cambogia extract supplementation did not promote weight-loss or lower total cholesterol in overweight individuals consuming their habitual diet.” This study used 2,000 mg per day, PGC3 uses 800 mg.

The Journal of Obesity, published in 2011 which included evaluating the evidence for Garcinia, concluded: “Many obese people use dietary supplements for weight loss. To date, there is little clinical evidence to support their use“.

Phytotherapy Research published a study evaluating the efficacy of Garcinia cambogia plus Amorphophallus konjac for the treatment of obesity, and concluded that “The results obtained suggest that the treatment had a significant hypocholesterolemic effect, without influencing the anthropometric or calorimetric parameters tested“. In other words, the ingredients did help with cholestrol but no weight loss was observed and appetite was not decreased. This study used 2,400 mg per day, PGC3 uses 800. mg.

One study conducted in 2004, and published in a “minor” journal, J Med, and contrary to all the other studies, reported that “at the end of 8 weeks, body weight and BMI decreased by 5.4% and 5.2%, respectively“.  However, the dosage participants received was massive, a diet and exercise was enforced: “Subjects were given a 2,000 kcal diet/day (8368 kilojoules), participated in a 30 min walking exercise program 5 days/week and given an oral dose of placebo or 4666.7 mg HCA-SX (providing 2,800 mg HCA) in three equally divided doses 30-60 min before meals“.

The study above used 2,800 mg of Garcinia whereas PGC3 uses 800 mg (400 mg twice a day)

Up to now, previous studies suggested that this ingredient is safe. But a recent studies, have rung alarm bells. Although conducted in rats, and not necessarily applicable to humans, this study, conducted in rats, concluded that “Garcinia cambogia protects against high-fat diet-induced obesity by modulating adipose fatty acid synthesis and β-oxidation but induces hepatic fibrosis, inflammation and oxidative stress“. Yes, you read that correctly, in rats, it seems to have an effect on creating fatty acids but it is toxic to the liver! Oops. (But this still has to be confirmed so one cannot make any firm conclusions).

However in 2009, a study evaluating humans, concluded with the following: “There is a growing number of case reports of hepatoxicity from the widely marketed weight-loss supplement Hydroxycut, which contains the botanical ingredient Garcinia cambogia. These case reports may substantially undercount the true magnitude of harm. Based on the past experience with harmful dietary supplements, US regulators should assume the more precautionary approach favored by Canada and Europe. Lacking effective adverse event surveillance for supplements, or the requirements to prove safety prior to coming to the market, case reports such as those summarized here assume added importance“.

Note, we have also has consumers report that negative comments, i.e, no benefit from Slimbetti products, are simply deleted from Facebook. So in conclusion, beware, this is another Grindlay scam.

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